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#21 OFFLINE   hockey_puck

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:31 PM

My sympathy to all those who are not close enough to the border to get the CTV live broadcast with next to no commercials from Canada.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:36 PM

From reading about the Opening Ceremonies from people in civilized countries, looks like I'm not missing much. Maybe NBC is actually trying to save Americans . . . Nah, they hate us.


Everyone will have their own opinion but I cant tell you this. Only the first 15min of the ceremony was spectacular. Everything after that have been boring for me. Unless they pull something spectacular for the lighting of the couldron, this ceremony will be critized bad, really bad.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:46 PM

Frankly, from the rehearsal clips us Yanks (is that like "wanks"?) got to see with tykes bouncing on beds and dancing milkmaids, I'm getting nostalgic for...

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:54 PM

It also cost them a billion dollars to show it of course. Did they just overpay, and are they trying to make up for it by not showing events live? I know it is important to come out ahead, but.... not showing even the Opening Ceremony live is actually quite insulting, and makes the U.S. the laughing stock among Western nations right about now.


It's extremely insulting and trust me, I'm with you that NBC got this one wrong (as I watch a stream from BBC). They're doing what generates the most revenue from the advertisers paying to air their spots during coverage. If NBC paid nothing, would they be trying any less hard to maximize their revenue? Has nothing to do with what they paid. Ask the folks north of the border who lost money on Vancouver about over-paying.

And again.. see what I'm saying about the ad money? Beijing had a decent amount of live coverage in primetime where London has absolutely none. And yet these Olympics are generating MORE in ad sales than Beijing did. So tell us why NBC's business strategy is failing? The amount in rights fees for London was locked in 9 years ago. An over-bid for sure, but very little of what has happened since would be different otherwise.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:04 PM

I don't think anyone here is saying that NBC's refusal to air the Opening Ceremonies live is a negative to them *financially*. We're just saying that it's stupid from a technological point of view and ignores the realities of today.

E.g., the most hyped rivalry of the Olympics is Lochte/Phelps. They're first competition against each happens to be tomorrow, the first full day of competition.

In fact, the finals of the 400 IM is around 11:30 am PDT. Guess what NBC will be showing at 12:30 pm PDT? Swimming. But not the 400 IM finals. The qualifying races for them. They won't be showing the finals until prime time. Over on the west coast, that means we won't see until 8+ hours after it already happened. After Twitter and Facebook and ESPN and all the non-NBC news program will have already told us who won. It's absurd.

Yes, I can watch the race live online. But I can't watch it on my rock solid, satellite HD connection. I have to watch it on my computer via an intermittent, crappy cable modem that dies all the time.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:06 PM

There are still plenty of people out there who can't get enough of Phelps, even if it's in a prelim where he's going to give less than 100% effort and still win fairly handily anyway. But again, if you give viewers reason and opportunity to skip qualifying rounds, then that extra bump of viewers you might get from having live coverage is going to get wasted away from those who won't be there for the heats.

IIRC, the prime time shows never show the qualifying, only the finals. I know that on Saturday, they will be showing the qualifying for the 400IM in a separate show at 12:30 pm PDT, while the finals will be shown on Prime Time (8+ hours after the race)

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:12 PM

So what does everything think of the Opening Ceremonies so far?

Nothing? Oh, silly me. What was I thinking? Americans can't view the opening ceremonies for hours, even though they are happening right now!


Like a number of Americans, I work during the time when the opening ceremony would have been carried live so I'm not sure how many people are going to care and that is the only thing NBC cares about - Number of eyes in front of the TV.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:12 PM

I guess I better keep the battery on my iPad fully charged as it looks like it will be doing a lot of mirroring to the Apple TV and Big Screen.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:45 PM

Like a number of Americans, I work during the time when the opening ceremony would have been carried live so I'm not sure how many people are going to care and that is the only thing NBC cares about - Number of eyes in front of the TV.

If you are/were able to enjoy them live, enjoy!!


People in Canada work as well. They just offer the OPTION of live coverage, and repeat it at night for those who work.

NBC doesn't even offer an online stream.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:52 PM

Yep, was going to say the same thing. On their website, they brag that they stream *every* event live. But they don't mention that they aren't streaming the Opening Ceremonies.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:09 PM

Yep, was going to say the same thing. On their website, they brag that they stream *every* event live. But they don't mention that they aren't streaming the Opening Ceremonies.


That's why I was upset at this. Their advertising was something like "if cameras are on it, we'll stream it." Pretty sure there are cameras here and it's a lame excuse for them to say it won't translate well online.

I understand them not showing it on TV live, I have no problem with that whatsoever. But if they're showing everything else live online, why not the ceremonies. And apparently some have already taken note..
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:18 PM

People in Canada work as well. They just offer the OPTION of live coverage, and repeat it at night for those who work.

NBC doesn't even offer an online stream.


CBC is a government owned network (we won't even get in to that Canada is considered to be an independent commonwealth where Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state) so profits really don't matter.

NBC & their affiliates are not government owned and must make a profit to survive. As an affiliate, do I want to give up 4 hours of my programming day & ad spots for a small group of people to watch the opening ceremonies live?

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:25 PM

That's why I was upset at this. Their advertising was something like "if cameras are on it, we'll stream it." Pretty sure there are cameras here and it's a lame excuse for them to say it won't translate well online.

I understand them not showing it on TV live, I have no problem with that whatsoever. But if they're showing everything else live online, why not the ceremonies. And apparently some have already taken note..
NBC ripped for not livestreaming opening ceremony of Olympics


There is no excuse for not showing it live online when they are showing everything else online. This has to be the stupidest thing any producer has ever done in the history of mankind.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

There is no excuse for not showing it live online when they are showing everything else online. This has to be the stupidest thing any producer has ever done in the history of mankind.


Not even close. I won't even mention Heidi!:sure: Or dozens of other boneheaded moves over the decades.

You don't like it, but you're in no position to look at real numbers, with real analysts to make the call as to what's smart or not from the producer's viewpoint.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:47 PM

Not even close. I won't even mention Heidi!:sure: Or dozens of other boneheaded moves over the decades.

You don't like it, but you're in no position to look at real numbers, with real analysts to make the call as to what's smart or not from the producer's viewpoint.

just tell us one reason this makes sense...

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 05:49 PM

just tell us one reason this makes sense...


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:33 PM

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:45 PM

All I could think of in the beginning was that Middle Earth sprung up in the middle of the stadium and Frodo, Gandolf and Bilbo were going to pop out of a hole somewhere.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:54 PM

All I could think of in the beginning was that Middle Earth sprung up in the middle of the stadium and Frodo, Gandolf and Bilbo were going to pop out of a hole somewhere.


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 07:00 PM

What gets me is every internet feed which either carried or had the opening ceremonies have been blocked. Why? I don't want to wait to see the ceremonies in a tape delay.




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